I'm not starting with myself, although I'll subject you to Schneider award talk later.
(Focus, Wendelin, focus.)
I'm not going to tell you about the Newbery and Caldecott speeches either because that would take way too long and I'm already, what, three (yikes!) days behind on the non-place-holding post.
All I'm going to talk about today is the program of the Newbery / Caldecott banquet.
How boring is that?
Well, actually, no. It was very entertaining!
I'm not talking about the pre-speeches and gracious welcomes and introductions program. I'm talking about the physical program. I've never seen anything like it! It was so cool! And fun! And a nice thing to play with during the pre-speeches and gracious welcomes and introductions.
Okay. Check it out. This is what every one of the (approx) 750 people at the banquet had at their seat. Sitting there. On a plate. Begging you to slip off the yellow band and see what was inside.
And when you did and pulled up on the blue spiraled sections of the program, POP! a red "ball" jumped up.
Underneath the red ball was the actual program, circular and in full, illustrated color.
Turns out that the winner of the Caldecott and his/her art director get to design the Banquet program each year (This year's winner was Chris Raschka for his artwork in A Ball for Daisy...which you probably picked up from the first graphic and which makes the whole program thing make sense.) Coolest program ever!
So that's the first leg of the ALA adventure. Have any of you ever attended?